ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 7–19 February 2020
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 7–19 February 2020



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Library Lovers' Day 2020

ALIA | 14 February 2020

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Library Lovers' Day 2020. Libraries, cultural institutions, publishers and library lovers across the nation were vocal in their love of libraries. The following NSW libraries were featured in the news Macquarie Regional LibraryNyngan LibraryBlayney Library; and Bathurst Library; and Fremantle Library was interviewed on ABC Radio Perth about the campaign. 
Pictured left to right top to bottom: Library Lovers' Day displays at Queanbeyan City Library; Mosman Library Service; Telarah Public School Library; and Hornsby Shire Libraries. 

ALIA Board elections 2020

ALIA | 28 February 2020

Voting in the 2020 ALIA Board Elections closes on 28 February 2020. So far just over 23% of eligible ALIA Members have voted. If you haven't voted yet make sure you have your say and vote today. 

Leadership & Innovation Forums 2020

 ALIA | 19 and 21 February 2020

Registrations for QLD and the ACT, Leadership & Innovation Forums 2020 are closing soon on 19 and 21 February respectively. These events are intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector. For more information see the website. 

Current Consultations

ALIA | January 2020

ALIA has updated its Current Consultations page. This lets you know the issues on which ALIA would like Member feedback. ALIA is currently seeking feedback through its Salary and Workplace Survey 2019.

INCITE May/June 2020

ALIA | 17 March 2020

The May/June 2020 issue of INCITE will be guest edited by three ALIA Members, Annette Messell, Melissah Lester, and Paige Wright. The theme for the issue is Create and the deadline for submissions is 17 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

LARK 2020 Symposium

LARK | 21 February 2020 

ALIA group Library Applied Research Kollective (ALIA LARK) is calling for papers for its 2020 symposium. The deadline for submissions is 21 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

AusLibChat on 3 March 2020

AusLibChat | 3 March 2020 

Sign onto Twitter at 9:00pm AEDT on 3 March 2020 to talk about workplace culture through #AusLibChat. For more information see the website. 

ALIA and CILIP webinar

ALIA and CILIP | 15 January 2020

Earlier this year, ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher collaborated with Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP, on the webinar Working Internationally for Libraries: Conversation with Sue McKerracher from ALIA. You can now listen to the recording of the webinar. For more information about CILIP's Working Internationally for Libraries initiative see the website. 

An update from Blue Shield Australia

Blue Shield Australia | 15 February 2020

Blue Shield Australia, of which ALIA is a founder member, has published an update on the current status of cultural institutions affected by the recent adverse weather conditions. 

Australian Children's Laureate speaks about the value of libraries

The Armidale Express | Caroline Riches | 11 February 2020

The newest Australian Children's Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky, has been interviewed by The Armidale Express where she talks about the importance of libraries for children

First NSW council library celebrates 75th birthday

Government News | Amy Cheng | 10 February 2020

The first Council library in NSW, at Ku-ring-gai Council, has recently celebrated its 75th birthday. 

Upgraded WA library

Western Suburbs Weekly | Victoria Rifici | 15 February 2020

The E H Parker Library, WA, reopened on 14 February 2020 after more than $400,000 worth of upgrades were completed. The renovated library features additional seating and upgraded computers. 

State Library of NSW 2020 fellowships announced

State Library of NSW | February 2020

The State Library of NSW has announced the recipients of its 2020 fellowships. The fellows include Sally Young for the Coral Thomas Fellowship; Clare Monagle for the Australian Religious History Fellowship; and James Boyce for the Merewether Scholarship. For more information see the website.

Parliamentary Library Internship

Parliament of Australia | 1 March 2020

The Parliamentary Library is seeking applications for its 2020 internship program. Interested parties should submit completed Parliamentary Library Internship: Application Form together with a curriculum vitae and a copy of their academic transcript to by 1 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

Historically important fridge to find new home at the National Museum

The Canberra Times | Jasper Lindell | 16 February 2020

A fridge which previously functioned as a road side donation point for fire fighters has been donated to the National Museum of Australia. Craig Middleton, curator at the museum, said all the stories associated with the fridge would be collected. Craig will also be speaking at the upcoming ACT Leadership & Innovation Forum

Domestic Arts Tourism

Australian Council for the Arts | 17 February 2020

The Australian Council for the Arts has launched the report, Domestic Arts Tourism, which highlights locations where Australians can experience the arts locally. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day | 15 June  2020

ALIA is pleased to support World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June 2020. Libraries which wish to participate can download the free bookmarks and posters. For more information see the website. 


IFLA update


IFLA has published its Guidelines for library services to people experiencing homelessness. It is also calling for papers for IFLA WLIC 2020. The submission deadline is 6 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

Possible reshuffle of funds to local UK library

The Guardian | David Barnett | 17 February 2020

A proposed reshuffle of funding could result in public libraries in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, receiving £700,000 (more than $1.3 million AUD) in funding. 

Monochromatic design for German university library

DesignBoom | ASA | 14 February 2020

The monochromatic design of the new library of the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Cologne, Germany, was created by architects, Andreas Schüring Architekten.

New national ebook project in Finland

Helmet | 30 January 2020

A new ebook project, worth 250,000 euros (more than $400,000 AUD) has been launched in Finland. The aim of the project is to improve the regional availability of ebooks across the country.

The largest library collection of manga outside of Japan

The Lantern | Aaron Lien | 6 February 2020

The largest collection of manga, Japanese comics, outside of Japan is located at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Sullivant Hall, Ohio State University, US. The collection currently holds more than 23,000 items. 

IMLS statement on the President's FY 2021 Budget Proposal

Institute of Museum and Library Services | 10 February 2020

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released a statement in response to the Trump Administration move to close the institute. The statement argues that the institute has an integral role in the funding of US libraries and cultural institutions.

Remembering Chicago's first female, black librarian

Chicago Tribune | Ron Grossman | 31 January 2020

An article published in the Chicago Tribune recognises Vivian Harsh, Chicago's first female, black librarian. Vivian was integral in preserving local black history and literature. 


ALIA celebrates the launch of its Reconciliation Action Plan

Following the recent launch of ALIA's Reconciliation Action Plan, the ALIA House team, as well as Rebecca Bateman, Indigenous Curator at the National Library of Australia, who was consulted on the RAP, visited the Ngulla Wellamunagaa exhibition at the National Museum of Australia
Pictured: The ALIA House team and Rebecca Bateman, Indigenous Curator, National Library of Australia. 
Do you have a photograph from ALIA Group events or gatherings? We would like to feature it in ALIA Weekly. Email a high resolution image, a description of the event and the names of people in the photograph to


What's On lists ALIA events, ALIA group events and free library and information sector activities for the benefit of ALIA Members.

Trove Upgrade Preview: Encore Webinar

 National Library of Australia | 19 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar Trove Upgrade Preview: Encore Webinar at 1:00pm AEDT on 19 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Finding Local History: A Sense of Place

National Library of Australia | 26 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar Finding Local History: A Sense of Place at 1:00pm AEDT on 26 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

ALCC Library and Archive Copyright Training – Brisbane

ALCC | 28 February 2020

The ALCC is running its first copyright training session from 10:00am to 5:00pm on 28 February at the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane. All sessions are free for ALIA Members. For more information see the website. 

UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum

United Nations Association of Australia 29 February 2020

Earlybird registrations are now open for the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum, running 15–16 April 2020. A major focus of the forum will be Active Partnership Workshops. Earlybird registrations close 29 February 2020. 

2020 ADA Copyright Forum 

Australian Digital Alliance 6 March 2020

Registrations are open for the 2020 ADA Copyright Forum, running 6 March 2020. The forum will feature talks from the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts and along with Terri Janke, Wuthathi/Meriam woman and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company. For more information see the website. 

International Day for the Universal Access to Information

UN | 28 September 2020

The International Day for the Universal Access to Information has been formally added to the United Nations calendar. The first official celebration of the day will take place on 28 September 2020.


ACT Leadership & Innovation Forum
27 February 2020

ALIA Schools – 'Students Need School Libraries' Seminar
14 March 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 2
17 March 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020


ALIA Tas Event –The Tourism Tasmania Visual Library
20 February 2020


Leadership and Innovation forum 2020 – QLD
21 February 2020

ALIA Gold Coast Library Network Group – First Meeting
27 February 2020


Library and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020

Wentworth Point Library Tour
27 February 2020

LARK 2020 Symposium – Information for Learning
22 April 2020

ALIA National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

ALIA Schools –  Preparing the School Library Annual Report
25 February 2020

#AusLibChat March – Workplace Culture
3 March 2020


Libraries and homelessness

ALIA | 17 March 2020

Libraries today play a key role in embracing diverse community and supporting social justice, and yet we often fall behind or lack clear strategies when dealing with certain marginalised sections of our communities – including those experiencing homelessness. Registrations close 17 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

Readers' advisory

ALIA | 21 April 2020

Readers’ advisory is a core skill for those working in public and school libraries. Readers’ advisors assist readers in finding the right book for the right time or right mood, provide guidance in trying new authors, themes, and genres, and provide programs and services to promote reading, literacy and library use. Registrations close 21 April 2020. For more information see the website.

Cataloguing basics

ALIA | 4 August 2020

The great challenge of this digital age we find ourselves in will be to ensure that what we do - the collection, preservation and management of information is done in a consistent manner which ensures it is accessible in the future. Cataloguing remains one of the best tools we have to guarantee that information, irrespective of its format or content, can be accessed. Registrations close 4 August 2020. For more information see the website. 


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Location: National
Closing date: 24 February 2020
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Podcast like a pro!

Podcasts can provide a creative platform to discuss important topics and promote library services. Jeff Laser discusses the practicalities of producing a podcast that can reach clients beyond the library walls.

ALIA Members can access more free PD in PD Postings, which comes out on the first Thursday of each month and provides quick access to selected, free learning activities. PD Postings features information specific to each PD specialisation. For more information contact

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